After nearly a year of disruptions from COVID-19, a school system in southern Kentucky is returning its youngest students to a full schedule of in-person classes on Monday, Feb. 1.
Older students will be phased in at a later date.
Glasgow Superintendent Keith Hale said COVID-19 cases are in a plateau, and he feels comfortable sending students back with the proper safety measures in place.
“We know the transmittal rate at the elementary school level is almost non-existent. I think it’s less than one percent," Hale told WKU Public Radio. "We feel good. Our community is wanting their kids in schools and I think it’s time.”
The district will still offer a virtual option for students not wishing to return to the classroom full-time. Middle school students will return to a five-day schedule on March 1, followed by high schoolers on March 8.
Cortni Crews, the assistant superintendent of Barren County schools, says her district has no plans yet to return to a traditional schedule. One reason for the delay is to allow teachers and staff time to receive their second dose of the vaccine.